One of the things I love best about San Diego is how health conscious of a city it is. The warm weather is conducive to being active outdoors year round and eating well is easy when there is such an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies. There is literally a Farmers Market every single day of the week in some part of San Diego. We’re pretty freaking lucky.
I only just learned that a lot of my favorite health food and wellness brands call San Diego home, as well. This excites me as I love to support local businesses and get to know the people behind a company. I decided to throw together a list of some of my favorites right here in San Diego in true “Friday Faves” fashion. We can call this the San Diego Edition.
1 | CHOSEN FOODS
I had to start with this one because, well, I love them so much that I work there full-time. 🙂 Chosen Foods was started by a Naturopath who wanted to bring the healing superfoods he discovered while living in Mexico to the rest of the world. He is still actively involved in the company which has evolved and grown tremendously but still has the same mission and values. Chosen Foods sells 100% pure avocado oil, quinoa, chia seeds, specialty oils, snacks and more. The best part about the company is their focus on transparency and their commitment to product purity. The team of people behind CF is just the best. #SayHelloToHealth
2 | PERFECT BAR
I discovered Perfect Bar because Sheri always dishes them out at her FitBit Local events. They are THE BEST and quickly became the only bar I eat. Perfect Bar is a family-owned company started by the Keith family. The dad, Bud, was a health food guy before being into health food was a thing and he came up with the Perfect Recipe as a way to feed his kids something nutritious on the go. I had the chance to meet a bunch of the Perfect Bar team recently and they’re all just wonderful. You can tell that the principles of Bud still live on even though he’s passed. Perfect Bars are non-GMO, gluten-free, real superfood-packed food bars and they’re insanely delicious.
3 | QUAE JUICE
Juice companies are a dime a dozen these days so finding a GOOD one can be a little trickier than it once was. Quae is unique because they actually deliver your juice directly to you. It’s such a mom and pop kind of place that the owner himself delivered my juice to me at work. He was super friendly and clearly takes a lot of pride in the juice he is serving up. They offer cold-pressed, organic vegetable and fruit juices and they source their ingredients locally whenever possible. I love all the juices but the Green Juice 2.0 is my fave and since I don’t drink coffee after 2 p.m., I use the Quae green juice for that afternoon boost of energy to finish out the day.
4 | PRANA
If you go to high end yoga studios or frequent REI you’ve probably seen some prAna gear before. They are a super cool sustainable clothing company that (I didn’t know until recently) is based out of San Diego! Their mission is to inspire healthy, active and free-spirited living and their clothing is designed to wear during every activity, every adventure, every day. I wear my prAna to work, to yoga and to run and I love it. The people I’ve been introduced to behind the brand are really rad too which always makes me more apt to support a company.
5 | TOESOX
I’m an Ambassador for ToeSox and I am obsessed, obviously. If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve probably seen my knee high compression socks a thousand times and my super adorbs leg warmers. ToeSox started in a small garage in LA because the founders saw the need for socks to practice yoga in so you wouldn’t slip. Why five toes? “There’s nothing more beautiful than natural movements that make us stronger. Legs that leap, arms that swing, backs that bend. So why not toes that wiggle and spread? It’s the way nature designed them to move. A five toe sock design helps spread your five toes – reinforcing what yogis have known for years – that spreading your toes creates a broader foundation on which to balance.” Love it!
Those are just a handful of my favorite San Diego brands. I will definitely have to do a Part 2 because San Diego is the home to so many amazing healthy companies that I love to support and share with my readers.
Before you go! I have a special invitation for you!
If you live in San Diego, join me (and some of these brands!) at Yoga Six next Wednesday, June 1st at 5:45 PM for a special Yoga for Runners class. It’s FREE and open to runners and non-runners alike. There will be complimentary organic juices and healthy snacks and we’re doing a killer giveaway (think leg warmers, compression socks, yoga apparel, a foam roller, food and more)!
CLICK HERE to register.
Note: If you get get lost on the website (Mind Body Online can be tricky) find the class under WORKSHOPS/EVENTS, not in the everyday class schedule. If you have ANY issues just email me and I’ll get you set up (email@example.com).
I sincerely hope to see a bunch of you there! The studio is absolutely beautiful and the drop-in rate is normally $20 so it’s a great opportunity to check it out FREE of charge!